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Media Report
July 03 , 2019
  • The New York Times reports, "China has turned its western region of Xinjiang into a police state with few modern parallels, employing a combination of high-tech surveillance and enormous manpower to monitor and subdue the area's predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. Now, the digital dragnet is expanding beyond Xinjiang's residents, ensnaring tourists, traders and other visitors — and digging deep into their smartphones. A team of journalists from The New York Times and other publications examined a policing app used in the region, getting a rare look inside the intrusive technologies that China is deploying in the name of quelling Islamic radicalism and strengthening Communist Party rule in its Far West. The use of the app has not been previously reported."
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "The U.S. trade gap widened sharply in May despite a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods that took effect in the first half of the month. The trade deficit in goods and services jumped 8.4% in May from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted $55.52 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The gap widened because of the biggest monthly rise in imports in more than four years along with moderate growth in exports amid a cooling global economy. The monthly trade figures provide a window into how U.S. trade is affecting the economy. Sarah House, a senior economist at Wells Fargo , said that a bigger trade deficit appears likely to shave around half a percentage point off economic growth in the second quarter after adding almost twice that much in the first. Regarding U.S. trade with China, the bilateral goods deficit widened in May by 12% from the prior month to $30.2 billion, as both imports and exports rose sharply."
  • The New York Times reports, "When protesters in Hong Kong became more forceful on Monday, the People's Daily reprised a recent speech of China's leader, Xi Jinping, calling on party cadres to carry forward the struggle of the Communist revolution fought 70 years ago. 'We must overcome all kinds of difficulties, risks and challenges,' he said. It was the latest signal that Mr. Xi has no intention of bowing to the protesters' demands for greater rights. On the contrary, the storming of Hong Kong's legislature on Monday night seems to have given ammunition to hard-liners and prompted the sharpest denunciations in Beijing so far, suggesting the ruling Communist Party's patience was wearing thin. 'I think they have realized it is time to take measures' to restore order, Song Xiaozhuang, a professor in the Center for Basic Laws of Hong Kong and Macau at Shenzhen University, said in a telephone interview, referring to the authorities in Beijing."
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